A teacher with a long history with Catholic Memorial has been named the new athletics director. Matt Bergan will replace retiring activities director, Greg Gamalski.

According to a press release, Bergan was chosen from among almost 50 applicants based on his long history with Catholic Memorial athletics and the school community.

He is a 2002 CMH graduate and received his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University. He began his career coaching football in 2003 and began teaching at CMH in 2011, eventually extending his coaching beyond football to include wrestling and boys track.

Bergan will take over leadership of CMH athletics from Gamalski, who will be retiring after 43 years at CMH.

Gamalski began his career as a teacher and coach at CMH in 1974, and then transitioned to the athletic director position in 1978. Gamalski is the only athletic director to serve the role full-time in the school’s history and retires with an impressive track record, including 90 of the school’s 94 state championships and a No. 1 national ranking.

In the fall, CMH won state titles in boys volleyball, girls volleyball and football, then was involved in the co-op with Waukesha South that won the boys swimming title this winter.

Gamalski commented in the release how proud he is of Bergan and the student-athletes, coaches, and community at CMH.

"I think that he is the right person for the job. He will definitely be instrumental in continuing the tradition of success and making strong student-athletes both in the classroom and on the field of play," Gamalski said in the statement.

Bergan expressed enthusiasm to continue to traditions with CMH athletics. In the release, he mentioned the tremendous amount of pride within the CMH family.

"As an alum/teacher/coach and now athletic director of Catholic Memorial, I want the absolute best for all of our student-athletes and coaches," Bergan said. "Greg has been a tremendous mentor for me showing me the way since I met him as a student. He is a Memorial Man through and through."